I Love using an MTR with my athletes not percentage!
Maximum Training Resistance AKA “MTR”
The most important concepts of self awareness can come from an “Maximum Training Resistance.” Other coaches may call it a “daily max.” The definition of the MTR is that “the maximum resistance that can be overcome one time without a strong effort of will or emotional stress.” This idea is key in many of my programs. Most of my programs will crush you physically and emotionally if you do not follow this. It is not to say its the programing because all programs crush people its mostly the load and not recognizing the overload. For example I have lot of athletes online that I coach that never and I mean never listens to me about counting their fucking misses in their lifts. So lets say they miss 3 to 5 reps a work out on one exercise. That means in a week they my take an extra 15 to 25 lifts. That’s 60 to 100 extra reps a month at a high intensity. That is an extra 3,120 to 5,200 lifts a year… How people don’t kill them self is crazy. After having diarrhea, not sleeping, random yelling, or crying in a car than the online athlete listens and starts counting their misses.
The name of the game is can you handle the load. Use the MTR as a guide so as not to burn out your nervous system. So, the singles in the classical and power lifts should NOT be all out, however I do want it RFH!!! Figure that out… You also have to learn whether you are missing lifts because you are working above your MTR, being a pussy or because your form just sucks. For me, it is an issue of leaving the snatch in front, the clean crashing on me, and I drive the bar out in front of me in the jerk. If the speed on the bar is good and I am pulling the bar high enough to snatch it or clean it, or I am driving it high enough to jerk it, I know that I have not exceeded my MTR, whether I make it or not. If I am missing my snatches out front, it is likely just because of my crappy starting position, first pull, locking out early and lack of timing, and not because I am going too heavy. As a athlete progresses they will learn exactly where that line is and if you do not learn that as an athlete it will be very hard to excel in any sport. The ‘MTR Matrix’ is how most high level athletes train, not only in weightlifting, but in all sports.